The American Institute of Architects 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition starts this Thursday in San Antonio. This year’s theme, “Growing Beyond Green,” highlights the many facets of sustainability that face the design community today. In a relatively short time span, green building has evolved from an amorphous concept into a sophisticated set of parameters for high-tech design, complex engineering, and yes- new liabilities. So much change in so little time ensures that this year’s convention presents huge opportunities to explore new technologies, practices, and products.

As San Antonio locals, we will be covering the convention, along with Inhabitat’s official AIA representative, Evelyn. Just a few of the highlights include:

+A special presentation by Al Gore!!!*

+A lecture by David Suzuki, renowned scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist
+A “small living” seminar directed by the Sarah Susanka Studios (of The Not So Big House)
+Sessions on how to “green” an architectural practice, from the better buildings to better values
+Educational courses on utilizing green power
+Tours of local green buildings and historic architecture
+Cool new stuff on the exhibit floor….and much more!

Check back for the latest!

*While we are thrilled at the chance to see Al Gore, we will not be able to report on the presentation, as Gore’s representatives have mandated a blanket ban of all media coverage on the session.